ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, - MAY 15, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear orange colour with a small beige head. malty, light caramel sweet aroma with notes of fruit. Light caramel sweet flavor with fruity notes. Light dry, bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 11/19/2007 Total Score: 2.8
Orange, Amber colour with a beige head. Fruity, light sweet aroma with hoppy light floral notes. Malty, fruity and light caramel sweet flavor with a light dry hoppy and bitter finish.
Martin243 (689) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from Tesco. Poured into a 1/2 pint chalice. Red brown body with a tan head. Aroma of Christmas pot-pourri. Spiciness continues in the flavour, with clove mace allspice and dried fruit flavours, but in thankfully restrained quantities. Thin bodied for ABV, quite a dry finish.
zach8270 (3209) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle - 500 ml) Clear amber with white head. Light sweet and spice aroma. Very mild though. Dry spice flavor at the start with very light hints of fruit and then a bitter and very dry spice finish. A bit too mild and bitter.
Hanoi (295) - - FEB 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is spice, clove, slight dates, raisin, brown sugar; appealing. Taste is spice, cloves, marzipan, slight tannin. Some caramel and gentle nut in the backbone. Mouthfeel is terrible, much too thin.
It’s better than I was anticipating, but pales into comparison with many of the Belgian festive beers. Would be interested in trying it on cask.
MikeKeller (744) - Kemi, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear amber beer with a small bubbly head. Aroma is malts, wood, hops. Sweet malty flavour has caramel, spices, dried fruits. Easy to drink.
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a bright copper color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with candy like notes with light caramelized malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some very nice candy like ester with some refreshing fruity notes and some medium caramel malt notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Nothing extreme in this beer but well balance with nice work around the ester.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Dec 2013 - Orangey Amber in colour. Very Fruity; dried fruits, raisins, oranges, hint of nuts. Malty; bready malts, caramel. Hoppy; grassy and spicy hops. Lightly spiced. Warming alcohol towards the finish. Slightly vinous. Sweet fruity malty throughout, leading to a dry hoppy finish. OK. Very drinkable.
culchiem (2296) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clean orange amber with a thin head. Aroma is nutty malt. Flavor is bitter hop, spicy malt on an intense dry base.
jmgreenuk (3563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a thin frothy white head. The aroma is malt sweet hop. The flavour is medium to weak bitter with a fruity slightly metallic hop palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Seffle (111) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Systemet.
Nice body and head. Aroma with raisins and christmas fruits. Nice bitterness but the high alcohol content shines through with chemical sweetness.
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ReV2 (129) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the better S.N. offerings unlike their Cherry Brandy Christmas Ale of some years back. Pours with a rocky head, big aroma of fruit & berries. The alcohol is well hidden, fruit pastels, pear drops with a fruity hop balance, yep, fruit & more fruit lacking the usual heavy hopping and astringency I find in other S.N. beers. This is surprisingly decent.